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    Public Notice: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010

    A quorum of Commissioners has desired to meet on 23 January in the next scheduled location, Memphis.
    Commission Standing Rules:
    1. Meetings - Calling
    A. The Commission shall meet at a location and on a date and time agreed upon at a regularly scheduled Commission meeting with a quorum present, or agreed upon by a majority of Commission members at least eleven (11) days in advance and in writing.

    The commissioner receipts for the 23 January meeting are:

    Alice Gwin Henry     Memphis          Yes
    Jimmie Thigpen       West Tennessee   Yes
    James Everett Meeks  Middle Tennessee Yes
    Christine Goddard    Knoxville        Yes
    Tammera Hicks        Chattanooga      Yes
    Bill Wells           Nashville        No receipt
    Valerie Ohle         East Tennessee   No receipt


    Based on the standing rule and a quorum being established via email communication from the above listed. The next meeting of the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs as noted will be

    TCIA Meeting
    23 January 2010 10:00 AM
    St. Ann Catholic Church
    Family Life Center
    6529 Stage Road
    Bartlett, TN 38134

    Tentative Agenda: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010

    Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
    Proposed agenda for Meeting
    23 January 2010 10:00 AM
    St. Ann Catholic Church
    Family Life Center
    6529 Stage Road
    Bartlett, TN 38134

    Prayer
    Introductions
    Opening Public Comments
    Agenda review/approval
    1. Officer Election
        Chair
        Vice-Chair
        Secretary
        Rules Committee
    2. Treasurer's report
    3. Minutes of 5 October 2009 meeting in Chattanooga - review
    4. 2009 annual reports - review
    5. Review chair's response to TNNAC inquiry

    Old Business
    --------------------------------------------------------
    1. Census 2010
    2. Motion to take from table previous discussion of internal rules, appointments, elections, tabled in February 2009
    3. Approval of Rule 0785-1 State Tribal Recognition Criteria.

    New Business
    --------------------------------------------------------

    1. Recognition Committee Appointment
    2. Recognition Application Review
    3. Legislation to Enact the Tennessee Indian Affairs Commission
    4. Legislation to make 28 February “Annual Dragging Canoe Memorial Day”
    5. Legislation for “American Indian Heritage Month”
    6. Outstanding Current Legislation before the General Assembly.
    7. Meeting Schedule

    Closing Public comments
    --------------------------------------------------------

    Prayer
    Adjourn

    Agenda subject to change according to inclusions within the law

    NON-EXISTENT - Re: Tentative Agenda: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010

    NON-EXISTENT - The "called" meeting and alleged agenda
    have not gone through the "PROPER CHANNELS", Mr. Meeks.


    PLEASE refrain from posting false and MISleading information on THIS board.


    I'm sorry, Mr. Meeks. Please direct me to where I can find VERIFIABLE and CERTIIFIABLE PROOF of where the Lt Governor and/or Governor Bredesen has made new appointments to the Commission.

    Please also refer me to VERIFIABLE and CERTIFIABLE proof of the OFFICIAL Tn Commission of Indian Affairs Meeting where YOU were voted by a MAJORITY of commissioners as CHAIR and/or SECRETARY.

    UNTIL you can provide this VERIIFIABLE and CERTIFIABLE PROOF, please do NOT post FALSE and MISLEADING information on this board as if you were chair or secretary or even Vice-chair of TN's Commission of Indian Affairs.

    Your cooperation is very much appreciated.
    Donna Smith

    NON-EXISTENT - Re: Public Notice: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010

    I'm sorry, Mr. Meeks. Please direct me to where I can find VERIFIABLE and CERTIIFIABLE PROOF of where the Lt Governor and/or Governor Bredesen has made new appointments to the Commission.

    Please also refer me to VERIFIABLE and CERTIFIABLE proof of the OFFICIAL Tn Commission of Indian Affairs Meeting where YOU were voted by a MAJORITY of OFFICIAL commissioners as CHAIR and/or SECRETARY.

    UNTIL you can provide this VERIIFIABLE and CERTIFIABLE PROOF, please do NOT post FALSE and MISLEADING information on this board as if you were chair or secretary or even Vice-chair of TN's Commission of Indian Affairs.

    ALSO: you've shown where your email was sent. Why weren't Valerie Ohle (Official Chair) and tom kunesh (Official Secretary) not included in your pretense of commanding control to arrange a meeting and to establish an agenda - neither of which YOU are qualified to do?

    Thank you in advance for VERIFIABLE and/or CERTIFIABLE answers to these questions.

    Your cooperation is very much appreciated.
    Donna Smith



    EDITED TO ADD INFORMATION FROM VALERIE OHLE:
    ----------------

    Effective immediately, there are only two methods available for contacting me - the US Postal Service (PO Box 20592, Knoxville TN, 37940) and telephone (865-577-5026). I no longer have internet access from home, nor am I able to make regular or even frequent trips to friends or family with internet access or to a public access point such as a library.

    Valerie



    James Everett Meeks
    A quorum of Commissioners has desired to meet on 23 January in the next scheduled location, Memphis.
    Commission Standing Rules:
    1. Meetings - Calling
    A. The Commission shall meet at a location and on a date and time agreed upon at a regularly scheduled Commission meeting with a quorum present, or agreed upon by a majority of Commission members at least eleven (11) days in advance and in writing.

    The commissioner receipts for the 23 January meeting are:

    Alice Gwin Henry     Memphis          Yes
    Jimmie Thigpen       West Tennessee   Yes
    James Everett Meeks  Middle Tennessee Yes
    Christine Goddard    Knoxville        Yes
    Tammera Hicks        Chattanooga      Yes
    Bill Wells           Nashville        No receipt
    Valerie Ohle         East Tennessee   No receipt


    Based on the standing rule and a quorum being established via email communication from the above listed. The next meeting of the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs as noted will be

    TCIA Meeting
    23 January 2010 10:00 AM
    St. Ann Catholic Church
    Family Life Center
    6529 Stage Road
    Bartlett, TN 38134

    Re: Public Notice: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010 NON-EXISTENT

    Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:18 PM



    TENNESSEE NATIVE AMERICAN CONVENTION
    www.tnnac.org



    Greetings,

    Though TNNAC faced a number of challenges regarding the 2009 elections, the organization pulled together and performed its purpose. I’d like to thank everyone that contributed to making the caucus elections and the convention a success. The Memphis constituents proved again to be gracious hosts during the convention. Also their assistance in providing a facility was a tremendous help, as the original site in Humboldt was no longer available after the (9/12) postponement. Thank you Memphis! Convention results are still available for viewing on TNNAC’s official website at the following link: http://tnnac.org/?page_id=268.

    I have been informed by the House Speaker’s office that the paperwork for the Nashville metro seat is at legal services and that notification is soon forthcoming. Governor Bredesen and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey have already selected new state commissioners to serve on the Indian Affairs Commission for the following metro areas: Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga. The Governor and Lt. Governor chose to appoint commissioners that were recommended by TNNAC, via its election process and each selected the area nominee ranked with “first” preference. The legal process is moving along smoothly and is now simply a matter of formalities, which will be completed soon.

    Wishing each of you a blessed and Happy New Year!

    Ramona Reece
    TNNAC Interim Secretary

    Cc ACTIA officers (J. McCaleb, D. Mitchell, P. Beecham)

    NON-EXISTENT - Re: Public Notice: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010

    Why are you re-posting information that's already been posted here? If you don't ordinarily read here, PLEASE do a quick search to find out what's ALREADY here before posting any further OLD NEWS.

    Thank you
    Donna

    EDITED TO ADD:
    ROTFLMAO Sorry but a letter from Ramona Reece - who HAS NOT BEEN designated as the State's OFFICIAL spokesperson - does NOT constitute "VERIFIABLE" nor does it resemble .... well, not in the way asked for, "CERTIFIABLE" proof of ANYone being DULY and OFFICIALLY seated by the STATE GOVERNMENT.





    James Everett Meeks
    Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:18 PM


    TENNESSEE NATIVE AMERICAN CONVENTION
    www.tnnac.org



    Greetings,

    Though TNNAC faced a number of challenges regarding the 2009 elections, the organization pulled together and performed its purpose. I’d like to thank everyone that contributed to making the caucus elections and the convention a success. The Memphis constituents proved again to be gracious hosts during the convention. Also their assistance in providing a facility was a tremendous help, as the original site in Humboldt was no longer available after the (9/12) postponement. Thank you Memphis! Convention results are still available for viewing on TNNAC’s official website at the following link: http://tnnac.org/?page_id=268.

    I have been informed by the House Speaker’s office that the paperwork for the Nashville metro seat is at legal services and that notification is soon forthcoming. Governor Bredesen and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey have already selected new state commissioners to serve on the Indian Affairs Commission for the following metro areas: Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga. The Governor and Lt. Governor chose to appoint commissioners that were recommended by TNNAC, via its election process and each selected the area nominee ranked with “first” preference. The legal process is moving along smoothly and is now simply a matter of formalities, which will be completed soon.

    Wishing each of you a blessed and Happy New Year!

    Ramona Reece
    TNNAC Interim Secretary

    Cc ACTIA officers (J. McCaleb, D. Mitchell, P. Beecham)

    Re: Public Notice: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010 NON-EXISTENT

    This proves that Ramona Reece, Interim TNNAC Secretary, can write a letter. Nothing else.

    Re: Public Notice: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010 NON-EXISTENT

    Standing Rules

    1. Meetings - Calling


    A. The Commission shall meet at a location and on a date and time agreed upon at a regularly scheduled Commission meeting with a quorum present, or agreed upon by a majority of Commission members at least eleven (11) days in advance and in writing.

    B. Any meeting that is not called and scheduled by a majority of Commission members shall not be considered a legal meeting, except for emergency meetings, which needs the requirements for Section 1 with a three-day notice.

    C. The Chairperson who sees a need for an emergency meeting, or is requested to do so by a commission member, may call no more than two (2) meetings in a calendar year with, at least, a three-day notice and in consultation with Commission members.

    D. Any Commission member may also call for an emergency meeting following the same said procedures.

    http://www.tncia.org/standingrules/index.html

    NON-EXISTENT - Re: Public Notice: TCIA Meeting 23 January 2010

    YOU are NOT and HAVE NOT been officially recognized as neither Chair or Secretary. Why are you NOW insisting on trying to change the RULES when you've always been such an ass about making sure OTHERS always follow the SAME RULES???

    UNTIL such time as you ARE VOTED at an OFFICIAL meeting as CHAIR or Secretary, PLEASE DO NOT POST GARBAGE that is FALSE and MISLEADING.

    Thank you
    Donna



    James Everett Meeks
    Standing Rules

    1. Meetings - Calling

    A. The Commission shall meet at a location and on a date and time agreed upon at a regularly scheduled Commission meeting with a quorum present, or agreed upon by a majority of Commission members at least eleven (11) days in advance and in writing.

    B. Any meeting that is not called and scheduled by a majority of Commission members shall not be considered a legal meeting, except for emergency meetings, which needs the requirements for Section 1 with a three-day notice.

    C. The Chairperson who sees a need for an emergency meeting, or is requested to do so by a commission member, may call no more than two (2) meetings in a calendar year with, at least, a three-day notice and in consultation with Commission members.

    D. Any Commission member may also call for an emergency meeting following the same said procedures.

    http://www.tncia.org/standingrules/index.html

    TCIA: Standing Rules

    The latest list of standing rules is found at:

    http://www.tncia.org/standingrules/index.html

    as soon as possible, the Standing rules notation on the Commission website will be updated to include these as well as any rules which have been included since this document was created.

    Peace

    Re: TCIA: Standing Rules

    James Everett Meeks
    The latest list of standing rules is found at:

    http://www.tncia.org/standingrules/index.html

    as soon as possible, the Standing rules notation on the Commission website will be updated to include these as well as any rules which have been included since this document was created.

    Peace


    well yippee and yahoo


    Ya can call a tater a 'mater all ya wanna. It'll STILL be what it is. Yanno? On second thought, it's obvious ya don't know.

    UPDATED: Tentative Agenda

    Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs

    Tentative Agenda for Meeting

    23 January 2010 10:00 AM

    St. Ann Catholic Church

    Family Life Center

    6529 Stage Road

    Bartlett, TN 38134


    Prayer

    Introductions

    Opening Public Comments

    Agenda review/approval

    1. Officer Election

       Chair

       Vice-Chair

       Secretary

       Rules Committee

    2. Treasurer's report

    3. Minutes of 5 October 2009 meeting in Chattanooga - review

    4. 2009 annual reports - review

    5. Review chair's response to TNNAC inquiry


    Old Business

    --------------------------------------------------------

    1. Census 2010

    2. Motion to take from table previous discussion of internal rules, appointments, elections, tabled in February 2009

    3. Approval of Rule 0785-1 State Tribal Recognition Criteria.


    New Business

    --------------------------------------------------------

    1. Recognition Committee Appointment

    2. Recognition Application Review

    3. Legislation



    1. Legislation to Enact the Tennessee Indian Affairs Commission

      • HB1078 / SB1015   by Lynn  / by Johnson

      • Sunset Laws - As introduced, extends commission on Indian affairs, June 30, 2010.



    2. Legislation to make 28 February “Annual Dragging Canoe Memorial Day”

    3. Legislation for “American Indian Heritage Month”

      • HB0186 / SB0136   HB by Casada  /  SB by *Ketron

      • Caption Bill:

      • Holidays and Days of Special Observance - As introduced, redesignates the second Monday in September each year as American Indian Day instead of the fourth Monday in September each year.



    4. HB0333 /  SB1735  by Mumpower  /  by Ramsey


      • Naming and Designating - As introduced, extends state Native American Indian recognition with full legal rights and protections to the Remnant Yuchi Nation in the counties of Sullivan, Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Unicoi, Johnson, and Washington.


    5. HB1692 / SB1978   by Mumpower / by Ramsey


      • Minority Affairs - As introduced, grants state recognition to certain Indian tribes, bands, and groups; provides means for other Indian tribes, bands, and groups to receive state recognition.


    6. HJR0708     by Lynn


      • Naming and Designating - "American Indian Heritage Month," September 2010


    7. General Assembly, Statement of Intent or Position - Expresses support for the Tennessee Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association and commemorative events honoring Native Americans.


    6. Outstanding Current Legislation before the General Assembly.

    7. Meeting Schedule


    Closing Public comments

     --------------------------------------------------------


    Prayer

    Adjourn


    Agenda subject to change according to inclusions within the law


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